Candidates were smiling when they finished the Leaving Certificate music exams, with papers that were a fair test of all the knowledge and skills they had acquired over the previous six years, said teacher Mary McFadden of Loreto, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, and the Association of Secondary Teachers' Ireland (ASTI).
She said Q1 in the higher level composing paper would have been well received by well-prepared students.
She said Q5, the most popular harmony question, had an interesting bass line for students to work on.
A challenging but fair paper is how Peter Keaney of Wilson's Hospital School, Co Westmeath and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) described agricultural science higher level.
But he thought Q1f, on the structure of a fern and a pine tree, might have thrown some students.
At ordinary level, Q11 is the only one students would have found difficult, he said.
Louise O'Hora of St Louis Community School, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, said students would be happy with both papers.
The Junior Cert wrapped up on the usual Mediterranean final day theme, with exams in Latin, Classical Studies, Italian and Ancient Greek.
Jim O'Dea, Rathdown School, Glenageary, Dublin, and the ASTI, said Classical Studies higher level was along expected lines, with the occasional difficult sub-question.
He reported no problems with Latin higher level, but at ordinary level "pupils got a rather difficult unseen passage on Atalanta".
Robbie Cronin, also ASTI, said both Italian papers were excellent.